Published On: Thu, Sep 22nd, 2016

When dreams come true




Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s ODI captain stated on Wednesday that his desire to become a part of the world’s most excellent Test team was realized when Misbahul Haq-led side ascended to the top position in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rankings.

On Wednesday, Misbah was bestowed with the Test mace by ICC chief executive David Richardson in Lahore. The mace is given to the greatest side in the five-day format.


ICC posted as:

“HISTORY! Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq is presented with the ICC Championship Test Mace in Lahore”

Azhar was stating in an interview “It is a proud moment for all of us,” he further added, “It’s like a dream come true to be part of a Test team that is the world’s best.”

Azhar additionally emphasized Misbah’s leadership which was the main cause that Pakistan, at the moment, is the uppermost ranked team in Tests.

ICC further posted:

“Pakistan’s captain Misbah explains just how great it is to have the ICC Test Championship Mace for the first time in Pakistan’s history!”

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He continued by saying that “Misbah deserves special praise for the way he has led the team,” he added “I want to congratulate the entire country and cricket fans who have backed us,”

The 31-year-old furthermore stated that memories gathered by the Test side under Misbah’s leadership would for all the time be precious by the ones who were a part of the team.


He told “We have had some great memories over the last six years and we will cherish them forever,”

It was inquired that which was his favorite innings all through Misbah’s tenure as captain, Azhar replied his 68-run innings in the second Test at Abu Dhabi when England visited the UAE in 2011/2012 was his best.

In the aforesaid match, Pakistan batted initially and scored 257 runs whereas England responded with 327. Pakistan was then bowled out for 214 with just three players scoring past 20 runs: Azhar (68), Asad Shafiq (43) and Mohammad Hafeez (22).

Nevertheless, a six-for by left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal’s three wickets aid Pakistan beat England, who held to score just 72 runs, with a 145-run target on the board.

He further added “I rate my 68 in the second innings of the Abu Dhabi Test as my best match-winning presentation thinking how hard the game was for us and how we were capable of making a striking retort and succeeding that Test,”



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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.